If you are convicted of DUI in Georgia, you are going to learn about Georgia’s
DUI, Alcohol or Drug Use Risk Reduction course, which is an intervention program
that is mandated by law for people who have been convicted of DUI, underage
possession of alcohol while operating a motor vehicle, Boating Under the
Influence (BUI), or drug possession.
The course is made up of two components: assessment and intervention, both
of which you must successfully complete in order to receive a certificate
The Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) has approved the NEEDS
Assessment Component. This is a 130-question screening tool that is used
to evaluate the extent of an offender’s alcohol and drug use, and
its direct impact on their driving.
The DDS approved the
Prime for Life Intervention Component, which is a product of Prevention Research Institute,
Inc. After you complete the Assessment Component, you are required to
complete the Intervention Component, which consists of a 20-hour course
that is completed over several sessions, and delivered in a group setting.
The course can usually be completed within one week.
The Intervention Component offers:
- A group atmosphere
- Therapeutic education
- Peer group counseling on alcohol and drug use
- Counseling on the effects of alcohol and drugs on driving
As of July 1, 2014, the cost of a DUI, Alcohol or Drug Use Risk Reduction
course is $335.00. This fee covers the costs of the Assessment Component,
the Intervention Component, and the workbook.
All DDS certified schools enforce strict attendance policies. You will
be expected to arrive on time and complete each session in full. If you
arrive late to any session, you can expect to be denied entry into the
class and the school may require that you not only start the course all
over again, but pay the full cost.
If you are required to take this course, it is highly recommended that
you consider the course schedule carefully and avoid taken into account
any possible scheduling conflicts before signing up for a particular session.
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